The 2016 Pig in the House Shiraz ($25) has been awarded the highest honours for at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Show awards.
The wine was awarded the Trophy for the Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine of the Show, along with a Gold Medal (96/100) in its class.
“This is a great honour at such a prestigious wine show,” said Pig in the House owner and Vigneron Jason O’Dea.
“The real reward for us is to be farming organically knowing that we have a sustainable business, producing quality wine at the highest level.”
“I have to say a big thanks to my family who have encouraged me along the way to persist with organic farming.
“There is certainly more knowledge about organic winegrowing now then there was 21 years ago when we started the business.”
“It is really exciting to see the various parcels of both conventional and organically Shiraz arriving at the winery each vintage,” winemaker Anthony D’Onise said.
“We are definitely finding there is higher quality fruit coming from the organic vineyards year on year. This then flows through to the wine.”
“Winemaking of the organic fruit stems from the vineyard and we work on letting the specific attributes of the vineyard sing.
“We expose the wine to only minimal oak influence with the aim having a well-balanced wine.
“Fruit purity is our goal. It drives wines such as the Pig in the House wines.
“We find any change to the wine is best done by focusing our work in the vineyard.”
“This is the best way to celebrate Pig in the House’s 21 anniversary,” Jason said.
“It has been a lot of hard work, but the pay back in quality has increased exponentially over the past few years.”